Research Director


Department:     Research       
Reports To:      Vice President, Research                      


A Director in Research plans, executes, and leads research projects examining issues related to women and gender in the workplace from conceptualization to creating reports or other tools of relevance to a business audience. The incumbent will join Catalyst’s center for research advancing leadership effectiveness. The ideal candidate will have expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and will develop recognition as an expert on Catalyst research both within and outside of the organization. 


  • Serves as a lead investigator for Catalyst’s research on leader roles and effectiveness in establishing equitable and inclusive workplaces.
  • Focuses on designing and fielding electronic surveys, designing and conducting qualitative interviews, data analysis, and synthesizing data.
  • Responsible for writing high-quality reports, tools, and other knowledge products designed and written for the business community.
  • Leads and/or supports drafting of academic journal articles.
  • Develops recognition as an expert by disseminating information to internal audiences, corporate audiences, academic audiences, the general public, and the media.
  • Demonstrates strong management abilities, including project planning and oversight, conceptualizing systems/processes/projects, and problem-solving.
  • Serves as a content expert for Catalyst staff through on-boarding, coaching, and strategic guidance.
  • Develops and proactively manages Catalyst's relationship with contacts at assigned member companies.
  • Conducts and supports new member pitches and maintains in-depth personal knowledge of Catalyst’s areas of expertise and service offerings.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Ability to conceptualize and manage a research project.
  • Posesses expertise in mixed methods approaches to applied social research and has considerable experience with analysis tools such as SPSS or other statistical packages.
  • Expert in design and administration of global research.
  • Knowledgeable about using panel management applications.
  • Flexible, adapting to accommodate new opportunities; comfortable with ambiguity. 
  • Self-starter who can work autonomously, comfortable working on virtual and geographically dispersed teams.
  • Meticulous eye for detail.
  • Excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong, concise writing, both for business and academic audiences.
  • Ability to generate new ideas and creative solutions.
  • Background in leadership theory and or gender studies is desirable.
  • E-learning instructional design/teaching experience is a plus.

Working Conditions

  • Tight deadlines and multiple priorities, in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to adapt to frequent and often unexpected demands.
  • Ability to work virtually.
  • Work with confidential issues and data.
  • Multiple reporting relationships.
  • Team structure.
  • Some travel may be required.

Education and Experience Requirements

PhD (preferred) or MA or MS (required), preferably in the social sciences, business, or public administration fields and five years or more of progressively responsible work experience in applied research and/or consulting.

Application Instructions

Please email your resume, cover letter, and salary history to [email protected] with “Research Director,” and the source where you found this job posted in the subject line. The location of this position is flexible; please indicate the Catalyst office you would prefer to work from, or the city of your home office.